Tres chic Linux clustering

Network administrators looking for a free tool to manage a cluster of Linux nodes might want to check out Clic, an open-source project with a French flavor.

Work on Clic is being done by a collaboration of Linux distributor MandrakeSoft, Bull, a French systems integration and technology firm, and RNTL, a French government research and technology laboratory. The software is designed to manage a cluster of up to 40 low-cost Linux servers or PCs to act as a distributed computing system.

Clic was tested on clusters of 20 and 40 Linux machines running dual AMD processors at LPM2C, a physics research center in France. Clic developers say Clic support for Intel processors will be out next year.

The Clic software includes an autoconfiguration tool for setting up a Linux cluster. Also included is support for MPICH, a version of the Message Passing Interface (MPI) for connecting machines together in a parallel computing setup. They even threw in an application to run on your new cluster - Netjuggler, a virtual reality 3D engine.

Nodes on a Clic cluster are connected via Fast Ethernet connections, and PXE- [Preboot EXecution Environment] capable NICs are required in the clustered Linux machines, in order for the nodes to be booted from a central machine over a LAN. 3D accelerator cards in the machines are also required to run the Netjuggler application. For some reason, Clic does not support SCSI drives in the clustered nodes. Ces't la vie.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

More about AMDIntelMandrakeSoft

Show Comments